BOSTON (WWLP) - State lawmakers want to widen eligibility for teachers in the state retirement system.
Springfield State Representative Cheryl Coakley-Rivera has filed legislation that allows teachers to credit their time teaching at non-public schools toward state pension benefits. Public school teachers receive state retirement checks based on salaries and how many years they've taught.
Coakley-Rivera's bill would allow teachers to buy up to four years of time they've taught at Job Corp or AmeriCorps Vista and credit that to their retirement calculation. State lawmakers who support the bill say it will prevent teachers from being penalized for teaching at important American training programs.
"It's only fair that they should be allowed to buy back the time," said Rep. Benjamin Swan. "They help our nation, they help our Commonwealth."
Representative Swan says teachers used to be able to buy back time spent outside the public school system up until 1973.